Amún Shéa Partnership: The Healthy Student Initiative

Tara Sebastian

BS ’17, Chemistry

The main objective of this GlobeMed initiative is to educate students about basic hygiene to reduce the rates of preventable infections. We will create a lesson plan and related exercises for the school teachers to implement on hygiene and nutrition with the help of our GROW (Grassroots On-site Work) interns traveling to the school during the summer. Our goals are not only to inform students, but also to help them translate these practices into real-life actions. Members of the Perquín community are frequently infected with easily preventable diseases because of poor hygiene. Through community outreach and education, we hope to better understand why this is the case and help lower the infection rates in the area. This would subsequently reduce the number of days that students need to miss school and help them be more informed about the process of contamination and infection.

Library Mentor: Carol Shannon